March 2, 2023
A summary of news and events,
for the people of the
Episcopal Churches of West Missouri
Send your news and pictures to: [email protected]
Diocese of Western Kansas and Bishop Kemper School for Ministry to receive Constable Grant
One-minute read.
The Episcopal Church Executive Council has approved the awarding of seven Constable Fund grants and nine Roanridge Trust grants, including a Constable Fund grant of $5,729 to the Diocese of Western Kansas and Bishop Kemper School for Ministry (BKSM).
Gun Violence Legislative Advocacy Day
Three-minute read.
The Diocese of West Missouri Peace and Justice Committee is teaming up with the Missioner for Gun Violence from the Diocese of Missouri to attend the lawmaker Advocacy Day for common sense gun legislation in Jefferson City. We would like to invite you and anyone in your parish who is interested in gun safety legislation to join us.
Be SMART: Addressing Firearm Death in Children through Telling Your Peers to Be SMART
Three-minute read.
The fifth and final step in the Be SMART program is “T” Tell Your Peers to Be SMART.
Black History Month. Colin Powell
Seven-minute Video.
This is the second in the 2023 series of videos recognizing key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. Colin Powell (April 5, 1937 – October 18, 2021), was a lifelong Episcopalian and an esteemed public servant who has had a lasting impact on global affairs.
Black History Month. Harry T. Burleigh
Five-minute Video.
This is the third in the 2023 series of videos recognizing key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. Henry Thacker (Harry) Burleigh (December 2, 1866 – September 12, 1949) is a renowned American composer, baritone singer and was a life-long Episcopalian. He is known for his arrangements of the spirituals of enslaved African Americans, which he collected and transcribed during his travels throughout the South. his music has had a lasting impact on African American music.
Black History Month. Michael B. Curry
Five-minute Video.
Watch the fourth and final video in the 2023 series recognizing key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. Michael Curry is the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, the first African American to hold the position. As Presiding Bishop, Curry has been a prominent voice on social justice issues, and has advocated for marriage equality and immigration reform.
Transitions – February 2023
One-minute read.
Details of the churches in transition and the clergy transitions through to the end of February 2023.
February issue of Lamplight
Three-minute read.
The February issue of Lamplight, Episcopal Relief & Development’s disaster program newsletter is available to read online.
The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) March 2023 Newsletter
Three-minute read.
Read The Episcopal Network for Stewardship’s March 2023 newsletter.
You are invited to join the Episcopal presence at KCPRIDE 2023
Three-minute read.
In the Summer of 2023, the Episcopal Church will once again make herself known as a welcoming and safe place for LGBTQiA folks and those who love them. There are at least three ways you and your church can get involved.
What's happening
March 7.

In-person. 10 a.m - 2 p.m.
State Capitol, Jefferson City, Missouri.
March 21.

Online. 7 p.m.
April 4.

In-person and broadcast online.
11 a.m. Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City.
April 29.

In-person. 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.,
St. Philip's, Joplin.
Events & Meetings
There is lots more to see on the diocesan Events home page.
Check out the diocesan calendar and our full list of forthcoming events and meetings.
February 24
Now overdue. Non-Parochial Clergy reports & Licensed Clergy license renewals.
March 1
Now overdue. Clerical Licenses.
Now overdue. 2022 Parochial Reports.
March 3
UTO Grant Deadline.
Many churches in the diocese are offering daily prayers, reflections, and Sunday worship online.
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
March & April Events for Church Leaders
One-minute read.
We have two upcoming events that clergy with cures and other church leaders should share with their staff and volunteer leaders.
Document Library updates include a revised Intake Officer poster, Anti-racism training, and updates to the Constitution and Canons
One-minute read.
The following changes have been made to the Document Library Page. The Intake Officer poster entry has been updated to refer to a new webpage where a revised poster can be viewed and downloaded. Intake Officer links, and links to Anti-racism training requirements have been added to the HR section. The Constitution and Canons entry has been updated.
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Bulletin inserts and flyers

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Second chance - In case you missed it
West Missouri on the move
Be SMART: Recognize the role of guns in suicide
Episcopal Church Lent resources – available online
2023 Vestry rosters, slate of delegates, and Bishop’s Committee rosters
Non-Parochial Clergy reports & Licensed Clergy license renewals due
Online filing open for 2022 Parochial Report; due by March 1
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